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Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site

Wooden Sailing Schooner | Max Depth: 6 metres (20 feet)

The Swallow was a wooden sailing schooner built in 1860 in South Australia and wrecked in Victoria on 2nd June 1922. The Swallow served sixty years in service around coast and in Port Phillip. Formerly a fishing cutter. Purchased after World War I for Apollo Bay. Blew ashore at Apollo Bay in January 1922 but was refloated. Now lies in Port Phillip Bay, between West and Loelia Channels.

Diving the Swallow

The site lies in about 8 feet (2.4 metres) of water with its long axis at 165 degrees. The length from the two further visible parts of the wreck is 14 metres (46 feet) and approx 4 metres (13 feet) wide where there are ribs opposite each other.

At the stern there is a large wooden post, possibly the stern post. If so then there is substantially more on the port side of the vessel. This structure has a number of ribs and a large timber beside them. Towards the middle of the site there are some lead pipes/rods and some stone and bricks exposed. Towards the bow on the starboard side there are a couple of ribs and what appears to be inner and outer hull planking. The upper portion of all the timbers have growth and worn damage, but the lower portions are in good condition. Just forward of the starboard timbers there is a large metal ballard, the base appeared to be lead and there are some iron concretions on the top.

See also, Australian National Shipwreck Database: Swallow, and
Heritage Council Victoria: Swallow.

Latitude: 38° 14.467′ S   (38.241117° S / 38° 14′ 28.02″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.900′ E   (144.731667° E / 144° 43′ 54″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-10 22:45:38 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Omega, 1,869 m, bearing 9°, N
Wooden Sailing Schooner.
Built: 1860.
Sunk: 2 June 1922.
Depth: 6 m.

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